Sporting Directors Report

Sporting Directors Report

May 2022

Well it’s over done & dusted the “2022 MG National Meeting” the first National meeting since 2019 due to Covid restrictions.

“MG Car Club Newcastle” are to be congratulated on running an ex-cellent event on the shores of the lovely “Lake Macquarie” in near per-fect weather conditions.

It was also a celebration of the 60th birthday of the MGB & MG 1100. As an aside just over 9,000 MGB’s were put together in Australia be-tween 1963 - 1972.

Friday saw registration, Noggin N Natter night along with Rocker Cov-er Racing at Club Macquarie & a chance to catch up with people that we probably haven’t seen for a couple of years.

Saturday saw the Concours take place at Speers Point Park with 18 Hunter Region cars entered & saw Leo Princzewski MGA , Ross Adams MGB Mk II, Don Noble MGB BL, Bev Jones MG

Midget and Elliott Burns P type rolling chassis all taking out first place in their respective classes, well done to the other 13 Hunter Region entrants who all placed well with countless hours spent on all these cars leading up to the event. I know it forced me to do a tidy up on the old RNB as cars used in Motorsport tend to get a quick clean up & tidy up after an event & if it don’t make it go quicker don’t worry about it.

Sunday saw the Hillclimb at Ring-wood Park also with the competitive Touring Assembly around the Lake Macquarie & Hunter region. 6 Hunter Region members lined up to contest the Hillclimb.

It was great to see John Stuart renew his acquaintance with the old Ringwood Hill (haven’t seen him up there for a while ). John got quicker as the day went on as I believed he would.

Right from the start Austin Blanch & I always run pretty close times when Austin runs in the BGT & I knew he was serious when he grabbed a set of Matt’s old race wheels fitted with a set of semi slicks, which were probably past their use by date, but Austin had been soaking them with tyre softener in the weeks prior to the event & they were gripping pretty well.

Then there was Evan Redman who was driving Jonesey’s “B” Monty & I think Steve told him to drive it like he stole it because he wasn’t holding back that’s for sure.

At the end of the day there was only 0.24 sec separating the 3 of us over our 3 runs, great fun day.

Steve Jones was always going to be in contention for outright fastest time with his race midget (good to see it up & running again after a crash at SMP al-most 12 months ago ).

Steve finished up 4th outright & 2nd in Super Specials class.

Other club results were;

Evan Redman MGB MkI 5th,
Gary Piper MGB RN 1st,
Austin Blanch MGB GT Mk II 1st,
John Stewart MGB GT BL 3rd,
Bev Jones MG Midget 5th.

Well done to all.

Results for the Touring Assembly were;

Alan Wiley MGB Mk II 2nd,
Cindy Dedman MGB Mk II 3rd ,
Elliot Burns MG YT 5th ,
Denny Bowden RV8 7th,
Anne Pettigrew MGF 6th.

I’m unable to give you a report on the touring assembly because I was at the Hillclimb.

Monday saw the Motorkhana at the historic Catalina Park at Rathmines which was once the largest RAAF Flying Boat Base in the Southern Hemisphere.

For me this was the dreaded event of the whole weekend I haven’t competed in a motorkhana in over 45 years & my results reflected it, the car was up to it but the driver wasn’t.

The stand out performance on the day was Bev Jones in the Midget , although she took it steady up the Hillclimb she wasn’t holding back in the motorkhana & was driving the wheels off the Midget & finished up in 2nd well done & if I go to SA next year I will be looking to Bev for some motorkhana coaching.

Steve Jones also drove well to finish 1st in the Super Specials class, Steve always goes well in motorkhanas as he loves them.

Other results were;

Evan Redman MGB MkI 4th,
Alan Wiley MGB Mk II 2nd,
Gary Piper MGB RN 2nd,
Austin Blanch MGB GT MkII 2nd,
John Stuart MGB GT BL 4th.

Well done to all our club members in this event.

Special mention must be made of the ladies in the club who competed in the Nationals.

Anne Pettigrew was attending her first National meeting & was rewarded for spending a lot of time on her MGF by finishing 3rd in the con-cours, great to see.

Cindy Dedman MGB MkII 3rd in Touring Assembly, you can never miss Cindy in the bright yellow B as it is hard for her & Chris to hide.

Bev Jones had a go at everything & finished up with good results.

Next year sees the National Meeting being held in Adelaide SA with the super sprint & Motorkhana being run at “The Bend Motorsport Park” at Tailem Bend which is one of the newest Motorsport complex’s in the country.

I have attended a National meeting in Adelaide & it is a great place for food wine & a good time, so you’ve got 12 months to plan for it.

It’s looking like 2024 National meet-ing will be at Goulburn, great news. The Motorsport events will probably be held at “Wakefield Park” & hope-fully they will have their planned improvements completed by then.

Well done to all our members who attended the National meeting!

How good was it to be joint winners with “MGCC Newcastle” of the “Nuffield Challenge Trophy”? I consider it great news.


Coming Events - Subject to COVID restrictions.

Remember drive them don’t hide them, enjy your MG. See you at the Nationals.

Gary Piper